If your mother, grandmother or sister had uterine fibroids, you may be more at risk of developing them as well. There’s a strong hereditary component and race also plays a role. If you’re of African descent, your risk of developing symptomatic uterine fibroids is about 25% by the age of 25, and up to 80% by the age of 50, while the percentage of Caucasian women who develop fibroids in their lifetime is about 60%. Regardless of your race or heredity, it’s best to seek treatment early — especially if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding and pelvic pain — as fibroids can contribute to fertility problems.
If you are experiencing heavy bleeding and/or pelvic pain, talk to your VWC provider. 804.288.4084
Here, Dr. Keith Berkle talks about uterine fibroids and treatment options with Jessica Noll, CBS6, at the MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center.